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for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? mr. wilson: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: and to revise and extend my remarks. madam speaker, at midnight tonight, our nation is scheduled to fall off the fiscal cliff because the augusta chronicle editorial of december 2 is correct. quote, it's that stubborn adherence to big spending that is powering the momentum toward the fiscal cliff. halting base spending is what's going to stop it. end of editorial. over the past year, house republicans have passed effective bipartisan legislation to prevent the entire fiscal cliff. unfortunately, these bills remain stalled in the senate graveyard. this fact makes it very clear that house republicans have addressed this issue and speaker john boehner is holding firm for fiscal responsibility. with only a few hours to go, it's my hope that the senate will accept one of our proposals and send legislation back to the house that will attempt to tackle out-of-control
the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan. mr. rogers: thank you, madam speaker. as many things keep me awake at night as the chairman of the house permanent select committee on intelligence, the growing threat from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks not only abroad but here is of growing concern, instability in governments that possess these materials and increasing interest from those who would choose to do harm to the united states, desire to get their hands on these materials, means that we must prepare ourselves here at home for the unfortunate, i think unlikely, certainly in the short-term but possible position of being attacked with these disturbing weapons systems. this is that important step to protect americans by increasing our stockpiles and would urge its passage and with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house pass the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting havi
. gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself one minute. i would point out that the f.d.a. has not retracted the use for the short-term use of a rescue inhaler in the treatment of acute asthmatic attacks. that just simply has not happened. to say that congress is now seeking to overrule the f.d.a. is just simply preposterous because that is not the facts on the table right now. regulatory earmark, come on. give me a break. i would welcome another companies into the marketplace that wanted to create a low cost, effective, convenient treatment for asthmatics who need an acute respiratory relief when there is meds, that they take on a chronic basis either are not working or for whatever reason a flareup has occurred. i'm an asthma patient. i'm on asthma medicine. in the product information provided to patients, on the long-term medicine, a statement this is not intended as an acute -- rescue device for an acute attack. for that you need something that was previously available over the counter. there's no reason for congress to tell patients -- i was astounded b
from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to s. res. 624, relative to the death of the honorable daniel k. inouye, senator from the state of ohio. -- hawaii. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 17, 2012, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip each, to five minutes but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. the reality behind the fiscal cliff is that if we really get down to work, talking with one another, digging into the details, it really is not that hard. the nuclear arsenal is a prime example and something that doesn't get
will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: madam speaker. i have been directed by the house -- sflat that the house that the senate has passed a bill in which the concurrence of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 17, 2012, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. mr. poe: madam speaker, there is nothing more americana than the image of happy children at school during the christmas season. that week that norman rockwell picture was stolen. here are 23 of the 26 victims that were murdered that day. we should know their photographs. we should know their names. they were chase k
: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. capito: i would like to first thank mr. luetkemeyer and mr. sherman for offering the bill before the house today. i would like to thank -- the house has already passed one bill for duplicative requirement on the a.t.m. machine. common sense reform. i've ask that they provide this regulatory relief for banks and credit unions across the country. i know that mr. luetkemeyer share misconcerns that federal agencies have piled on more regulations without assessing the current regulatory regime to remove outdated, unnecessary, and overly burdensome regulations. last year, members of our house financial services committee urged the treasury secretary to make good on a promise from the summer of 2010 to take care as the dodd-frank act was implemented to ensure that federal agencies conducted a thorough assessment of the current regulatory structure to truly modernize and streamline the federal code. we wanted to make sure this opportunity was not missed. although secretary
. madam president, it has been difficult to envision the day when i would be saying farewell to the senate. just as it was impossible to imagine that i would one day become a united states senator as i was growing up in maine. such is the miracle of america that a young girl of a greek immigrant and a first-generation american who was orphaned at the age of nine could be elected to serve in the greatest deliberative body the world has ever known and become the third longest serving woman in the history of the united states senate. in contemplating how to begin my remarks today, i am reminded of the words of the renowned pellett -- poet, ralph waldo emerson. give thanks continuously. because all things that contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. that perfectly encapsulates how i am feeling on this day, madam president -- thing fall and last. i first and foremost want to thank the people of maine for allowing me to be their voice, their boat, and their champion for 16 years in the -- their vote in the u.s. house of representatives and for three term
teachers and those who reminded us we are all part of the same american family. madam president, i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. leahy: before the senator from illinois leaves the floor, i commend him for his statement statement, first on his nominee for illinois judgeship, something that's been delayed far too long through no fault of the senator from illinois. madam president, this weekend was a very difficult and trying weekend, for our families and so many other families, nothing compared to the families in newtown, of course. i pretty much stayed off the phone, spent time with children and grandchildren. made an exception for a couple of phone calls with the distinguished senior senator from illinois. i told him when we come back in a couple of weeks in the new congress, i'll work with him to make sure the senate judiciary committee has full and thorough hearings on the subjects he's just talked about. just as he stated here so eloquently and as he did in his television interviews this weekend. it is the time to hav
of the higher tax cuts. any questions? >> madam leader, the response from the publicans today was instantaneous. mr. cantor just finished saying that they were not going to raise rates. what is your response to that? given that line in the sand, where does this process stand? >> let me say that there are three elements to this -- growth, reduction in spending, and raising revenue. we have voted for -- the democrats have voted for over $1 trillion in cuts and spending. that was part of the budget control act. that is part of how we should go forward. you cannot speak about reducing the deficit without talking about raising revenue. i think the president has taken his message to the american. i hope the republicans will listen to that. in the republican caucus -- i'm usually the last person to speak -- i know many members of them are ready to vote for middle income tax cuts. then mckinley the subject of rates and all the rest of that for next year -- and then we can be the subject of rates and all the rest of that for next year and whatever we would do under a broader tax reform package. >> [inau
. altmire: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate it. i will not speak for nearly 60 minutes. i'm tempted to engage the gentleman, my good friend, mr. woodall, in debate, but i won't do that because i know he's still smarting from his bulldog's loss over the weekend and i'm going to let him continue to think about that. i very much enjoy the friendship and camaraderie with mr. woodall, we do have a difference of opinion on some of those issues. before i start, madam speaker, i would say to the group, the individual who will be speaking following my presentation, that i plan to only speak for about five minutes. or less. so this will not be an hour-long presentation. so the speaker who will follow me on the majority side i would recommend they hang near the floor because i will be wrapping up shortly. madam speaker, i rise to commemorate the 50th anniversary of laroche college. founded in 1963 by the sisters of divine providence in mccandliss, pennsylvania, a suburb of pittsburgh, it was named in honor of ma reap laroche, the first superior of the congregation of the sister of divine provi
. and thank you so much. and i yield back the balance of my time. mr. burton: madam speaker, let me just follow up on what was just said and say that barney frank and i had a lot of differences over the years, but we also found times we could work together and we co-sponsored a bill together one time. barney and your colleague, i wish you both the very best and hopefully we will run into each other. let me make a couple of comments to my two colleagues who are going to follow me on this special order who told me if i talked too long they will hit me in the head with a ball bat. i want to say a couple of things. daniel inouye, senator inouye, i never met, but i read in the paper many years ago, the ex ploits of daniel inouye when he was in the military yu young man. his family put in a camp in world war ii and volunteered to go into the military. he became an outstanding member of the military. and in italy, he did -- there were exploits that he performed that won him the congressional medal of honor. and you don't get that unless you are an extraordinary human being. he took out an enemy
to the ideas that work. thank you, madame president. i thank my colleagues. i yield the floor. >> republican kay bailey hutchinson is also retiring. she was elected to the u.s. senate in 1993. she served as vice-chairman of the public and conference -- republican conference. she gave her farewell address last week. it is half an hour. >> madame president, i am proud to just this chamber for possibly the last time as a senator from the great state of texas. it is an ironic note that if i had given my farewell address last week, there would have been so much joy in the halls of the capitol, ringing with laughter and anticipation of our season's happiest time. but in one weekend, a sadness has set in with the news of a massacre of innocent children in newtown, connecticut. that was followed by the loss of our wonderful colleague, senator yue.el inoyoue.o i leave with a heavy heart just in the last few days. i want to thank the people of texas for asking me to represent them in washington. i want to thank the many people who have served on my staff for almost 20 years. i have to say that i am to
that work. thank you, madam president. and i thank my colleagues. i yield the floor and note >> republican senator kay bailey hutchison is also retiring. she was the first woman to represent texas in the senate. she served as vice president of the chairman and senator hutchison choice not to seek re-election. this is half an hour. address this chamber for possibly the last time as the senior senator from the great state of texas. have to say it is an ironic note that if i had given my farewell address last week, it would have been so much joy in the halls of the citol ringing with the laughter and the anticipation of our season's happiest time, but in just one weekend a sadness has set in with the news of a massacre of innocent children in newtown, connecticut, followed by the loss of our wonderful colleague, senator danny inouye so i will leave this extraordinary institution and experience with a heavy heart for those who have been lost just in the last few days. i do want to thank the people of texas for asking me to represent them in washingto i want to thank the many peopl who have ser
a year. yet we're faced with a deficit of $1.1 trillion. his new revenue, as you pointed out, madam congresswoman, that it's only enough to fund the government for eight days. during the campaign the president proposed that there should be $2.50 in new spending reductions for every $1 in new revenue. but now that the campaign is over his latest plan calls for just the opposite. an unacceptable ratio of $4 in new revenue and only $1 in spending cuts. speaker boehner is right. america has a spending problem, not a taxing problem. while the president has consistently told the american public that he's merely asking the wealthy to pay just a bit more taxes, when was the last time the president had also reminded the american public that we borrow 46 cents out of every $1 we spend? . congress is chasing the wrong rabbit. raising taxes on small businesses is no worse than cutting social worthy programs. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke admitted that the spending levels of this administration are unsustainable, just as president clinton declared years ago, the era of big government is
grow the economy. any questions? >> madam leader, you talked about comprehensive tax reform >> i said katrina, not sandy. i was still thinking of katrina. we have to address the needs. and if i just may say that, thank you, whoever just put that there. was that you? we had to do this before, where we had an impasse with a disagreement with the executive branch and the legislative branch. at that time, it was katrina. but the important message every day that we didn't pass something for katrina really caused great apprehension in that region and with individuals living there. and it is the same thing with sandy. where is the confidence they will get if they see we want this little bit now, and maybe this little bit now, and you can't spend that now? no, it's not about only what can you spend now; it's what you can plan on now. so, the timing is really important for sandy, as well, as it was when we had a similar impact because of the iraq war that people were concerned would hold up the katrina funding. yes, ma'am? >> speaker boehner said there's no point in raising tax rates for the
into this bill and the way he's worked cooperatively with all of us on both sides of the aisle and madam speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker a message from the senate. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the nat has passed without amendment h.r. 3641, cited as the national park act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah. >> i have no fufert speakers and reserve the balance -- mr. chaffetz: i have no further speakers and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. ms. norton: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah. mr. chaffetz: i would like to thank representative poe for introducing this legislation. the intill bipartisan in its approach, it creates a means for properly commemorating the cent
. chairman. thank you, madame secretary. >> senator craig o? >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. i apologize that i will only be able to be here for a couple of moments but i just wanted to stop by and indicate to you and the chair as well as our witness and to the other members of the committee that in these difficult budget times that we see, and understanding i think we all have, that funding issues are critical, i think it is important for us to focus on the kind of regulatory activity the department can bring and the focus it can bring to these housing issues. i think the deregulation of section 8 is very critical and important. and the strengthening -- and i would hope in the process that the moving to work program could get strengthening and a renewed strong focus as we move forward. but i just wanted to stop in and indicate my support for the process moving forward and encourage that we work closely together on it. and again, i apologize. i have been in four places does our and i have another one to get to. i apologize i will have to step right out. >> madam secretary, do y
. but again, all these other things, go to the table and negotiate. >> madam leader. >> yes, sir. >> $600 billion is the president on entitlement cuts and something -- $600 billion i think is the number they put out. is there any movement in that? >> 44u7bd is what i heard -- 400 is what i heard. when you look at what this is. if you'ring trophies and you want to scout in order to -- if you want to scaaple seniors before you touch one hair on the wealthiest people in our country, then what's the discussion about that? are we serious in terms of economic security for our seniors and their families protected, then that's along the conversation about where we go. i said over and over, if you want to talk about social security, having it on the table, it's on its own table. any savings from social security that can be created should stay to strengthen the life of social security, not to give a tax cut to wealthy people and call that deficit reduction. >> madam leader, you said that markets so far has been fairly confident that there's going to be a deal here. >> i say that must be wise. >> wh
tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: madam chairman, madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume to thank both the ranking member, the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers, for his longtime support, as well as the gentlewoman from california, ms. lofgren, whom i'm sure will have a word to say about this as well, and also the work that the gentleman from north carolina, the ranking member of the subcommittee that i chair, and he has done a good job as ranking member on, for working with us to find ground here that we could reach agreement upon. i will also say that i have a great interest in looking at the electronic communications privacy act and other privacy issues that need to be reviewed and modernized and hope that in my new capacity as chairman of the judiciary committee in the next congress we'll have an opportunity to work together on issues of that nature. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. watt: madam speaker,
in this situation. senator vitter? >> thanks, madame chair. i want to make three points briefly. first of all, again, i want to express my real sympathy for all the victims of sandy. this was a horrible, devastating disaster, wiping out homes, businesses, and livelihoods and it has a tragic human face and we need to keep that in mind. i'm certainly supportive of acting quickly in terms of help and aid that is going to directly, immediately help those victims. we also need to do that in a thoughtful and responsive -- responsible way with the american taxpayer in mind we can do both of those things. so i certainly support that. secondly on the s.p.a. side i think there is good news and there is room for counting improvement. the good news i do think we've come a long way, positively since katrina and rita. and the s.p.a. disaster response has been improved. the response in 2005 was slow an inadequate before steven preston took over and turned the program around and it has improved since then. were able to work on this committee in a bipartisan to write and enact further reforms that the senator mentio
? >> thanks, madame chair. i want to make three points briefly. first of all, again, i want to express my real sympathy for all the victims of sandy. this was a horrible, devastating disaster, wiping out homes, businesses, and livelihoods and it has a tragic human face and we need to keep that in mind. i'm certainly supportive of acting quickly in terms of help and aid that is going to directly, immediately help those victims. we also need to do that in a thoughtful and responsive -- responsible way with the american taxpayer in mind we can do both of those things. so i certainly support that. secondly on the s.p.a. side i think there is good news and there is room for counting improvement. the good news i do think we've come a long way, positively since katrina and rita. and the s.p.a. disaster response has been improved. the response in 2005 was slow an inadequate before steven preston took over and turned the program around and it has improved since then. we were able to work on this committee in a bipartisan to write and enact further reforms that the senator mentioned. i was proud to work
and fellow south carolina senator lindsey graham pay him tribute on the senate floor. >> madam president, i met with jim demint this morning. to say i was stunned is an understatement. jim indicated to me that he will be retiring from the senate next year and taking over the presidency of the heritage foundation, one of the great conservative think-tanks here in washington. my reaction for the people of so my reaction for the people of south carolina is -- you have lost a great, strong conservative voice, someone who has championed the conservative cause and represented our state with distinction, sincerity, and a great deal of passion. on a personal level, i've lost my colleague and friend. jim and i've known each other for almost 20 years now and i think we've done a pretty darned good job for south carolina. at times playing the good cop, the bad cop, but always -- always trying to work together. and what differences we've had have been sincere, and that's the word i would use about senator demint. he sincerely believes in his cause. he's a - he sincerely believes in his causes. he's a s
: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. honda: thank you, madam chair. i rise with a heavy heart to honor and remember senator inouye. on december 17, 2012, state of hawaii, our nation, pacific asian community lost a polaris, our guiding light and guiding star, senator daniel k. inouye. i'm deeply satened who has been a hero to us all. from his service of the battlefields of world war ii, medal of honor. in serving the aloha state of hawaii and rising to become the highest ranking asian pacific citizen, his impact is immeasurable and unparalleled. the senator has had a deep sense and reflected a deep sense of dignity in spite of any kind of situations that may surround him. a quiet calm of strength, even in the battlefields to the halls of congress. we know that during the time of watergate, he was slighted by a racial slur, but he did not exchange one for another. he just reflected his quiet strength and dignity, by not responding at all. the rest of the country did for him. and as he went through the watergate process, he showed that he could serve and deal with justice with an
the fta still involved in that. we will save time and money because we do. >> finally, madam secretary, let me go back to a, you made -- comment you made about having the resources necessary to understand and rely upon so that a community or an individual or a business can make and inform -- make an informed decision, depending upon or relying upon that that decision will be funded at the end of the day. whether the consequences of not having the resources -- what are the consequences of not having the resources under which you would make those decisions? >> the recovery will take longer. as you wait longer, it becomes more expensive. that is why it is critical, and we have seen this time and again with our experiences in mississippi, louisiana, iowa, where, when communities understand the funding they have and are able to plan years down the line -- they take the data they have and are able to plan years down the line. that is critical to know what the resources are right up front. we're going to ask them to plan for recovery based on their unmet needs and based on the funding availab
leader and most certainly the democratic leader as well. so, madam president, the hour is getting late, both figuratively and actually. we don't have much time to settle an issue that will affect the economy of this country. and last but not least, i am sure the president does not want on his watch to have a calamity like this happen, and i don't want on my watch as one who is leaving the senate this year for this to be the last thing that happens on my watch, and i don't think anyone here is going to benefit from a calamity happening in this country's economy, even for a few days, because it just looks like we can't govern, and it's time to realize that on a bipartisan basis, we can do some things that won't be universally liked and it won't be liked by everyone in this room or anyone in this room 100% because we're not going to get everything that we think is right. but we can move our country forward. we can help everyone in this country, every taxpayer, but we're not going to raise taxes to spend more. we should be saying okay, if there's going to be a threshold that pays more taxe
. >> is there an objection to the original request? >> yes, i reject. -- i object. >> whiplash. >> madame president. >> what just transpired deserves a word. senator mcconnell came to the floor this morning and offered a change in law that would help us avoid the kind of obstruction and the kind of showdowns we have had in the past over the debt ceiling. in fact, the idea was not new. it was his original idea that has been the law of the land that followed. and he offered and challenged senator reid to bring this matter for consideration by the senate. he said he would bring this to a vote in 20 minutes. and we would decide up or down whether the debt ceiling problem would be resolved once and for all under senator mcconnell proposal. and then senator mcconnell objected, say, no, no, we need 60 votes. for those who do not follow the senate, 60 votes is equivalent to a filibuster vote. so this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal, and when given a opportunity for a vote, he filibustered his own proposal. i think we have reached a new spot in the history of the senate we have never
address that. senator mikulski. >> thank you, madam chair. >> if your not careful coming will have a mikulski and that is worse. trust me. you'd be happy to have one. >> am i not right, senator murray? >> that can be my next one. really, i want to they and you and the ranking member. this has been a great hearing. what you bring his experience in this area as the senator from louisiana and there is a great sense of compassion and also reform. we have a big job but if we could work together, we could institute reforms, responds in a very creative, compassionate way and keep an eye on the bottom line. i think that is what the people in the country and those affected would want us to do. right now, there is heartbreak in maryland. what i do want to comment on quickly are some of the things that are working. we do want to thank the president for quickly issuing the declaration of a general disaster -- a general disaster declaration. we thank secretary napolitano. i speak to her availability. fema, you have been on the job. we really want to thank you for that. the problem is the indivi
consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. chaffetz: thank you, madam speaker. mr. speaker, senate bill 1379 would grant the district of columbia courts and public defender service greater administrative flexibility in several areas. first, it authorizes the d.c. superior court of the court of appeals to hold additional conferences either annually or biannually, eliminating the current amendment they always poll such conferences each and every year. it requires the magistrate judges to athepped these conferences. and delay judicial deadline in certain emergency situations such as a natural disaster. it also allows the d.c. courts to be reimbursed by the d.c. government for certain office expenses and it gives the d.c. public defender service authority to purchase liability i shurens for its attorneys and changes its term of family court judges from five years to three years. nearly identical legislation was approved unanimously by the house in the 111th congress. there is no expected cost associated with the legislation. i'd like to thank the senator for sponsoring this bil
. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed to inform the house that the senate has passed s. 4372, cited as the scholars act u.s.a. in which the concordance of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut is recognized. mr. murphy: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.res. 323. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. murphy: i yield three minutes to mr. larson. the speaker pro tempore: thank you, mr. speaker, thank you, mr. murphy. mr. larson: we just came from a vigil on the senate side that senator lieberman, senator plumen -- blumen thall, former senator dodd were at and all of us had the opportunity to be there. joe courtney, when he spoke, spoke of our colleague chris murphy and the incredible job that he's done for his district and for our state. when you hear him speak on the floor about quintessential new england, the community he represented for six years in newt
of my colleagues here today as well as the distinguished senators here with us. mrs. bush and madam secretary, our thanks and appreciation to both of you for not only taking the time to be here today, but for your many contributions to this effort and for your commitment to advancing the cause of freedom and democracy in burma. i would be remiss if i did not also mentioned someone who is not with us here today and that is congressman tom lantos. he and his staff worked so hard on burma for so many years. i wish you were here today to share this moment in history with us. today is an amazing day. today is an incredible day. who would have thought that when this bill was introduced in the house in 2008, when aung san suu kyi was still under house arrest, that in a few short years she would be standing or sitting here with us on u.s. soil receiving this honor, and as a member of the burmese parliament? back then we thought about granting the medal in absentia, which may have been the first time in history that a person would have received it while in detention. who would have thought t
for the record, and thank you. >> thank you, administrator. madam secretary? >> good morning. chairman men endezz, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify regarding recovery from superstorm sandy. in my roll as deputy assistant secretary for grant programs at h.u.d., i am responsible for the community development program, the cbdg, the cbdg is critical to helping communities recover from and rebuild after natural disasters. this morning i will discuss sandy's impact on housing and the work that h.u.d. has started and will continue through cdbg for long-term recovery. additional details on these points and on secretary donovan's role as head of the president's sandy recovery task force are provided in my break-in testimony. hurricane sandy and the nor'easter that followed have had massive and varied impacts along the atlantic coast from virginia to rhode island, especially hard hit were new york and new jersey, two of our nation's critical economic engines. one of the major effects of storms like sandy is damage to home and apartments and displacement of families and
of that assessment of boehner's motivation? the presiding officer: the senator has that right. mr. mcconnell: madam president, you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation we find ourselves in, but last night president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something weekend do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated because we've been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months, literally for months. a plan that would simplify the tax code, shrink the deficit, protect the taxpayers, and grow the economy. but democrats consistently rejected those offers. the president chose instead to spend his time on the campaign trail. this was even after he got reelected. and congressional democrats sat on their hands. now republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. we wanted an agreement, but we had no takers. the phone never rang. and so now here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. democrats have had an enti
its ranking member. this is about one half hour. >> madam president, i rise today to address my colleagues on a number of issues important to the future of the united states and to offer some perspective on senate service. in a few weeks, i will leave the senate for new pursuits that will allow me to devote much deeper attention to a number of issues that have been a part of my senate service. among these are preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and developing more efficient ways to feed the world. i am especially pleased that i will be serving on the faculty of the university of indianapolis and helping that institution establish a washington internship program. i look forward to announcing additional endeavors of service in the coming weeks. my service in the senate would not have been possible without the encouragement and the constant support of my loving wife, char, our four sons, mark, bob, john, and david, and the entire lugar family, most of which is with us here in the galleries today. their strength and sacrifices have been indispensible to my pu
her whole life in the hotel industry. i'm here for mark who is a construction manager. >> madam chairman, i'm going to ask to you sit down so we can have that discussion. >> i'm happy to leave. there's more than just -- [inaudible] [audience chanting] >> we're going to grow, not slow the economy. we're going to grow, not slow the economy. we're going to grow, not slow, the economy. we're going to grow, not slow, the economy. we're going to grow, not slow, the economy. we're going to grow, not slow, the economy. we're going to grow, not slow, the economy. we're going to grow, not slow, the economy. >> ok. i'm going to take a moment to try to talk and we'll see if it works. i don't know if other people are here. but i actually think that what we just saw is a true reflection of how hard what we're trying to do is. i'm really disappointed that when we're trying to create a forum to have discussion we can't have everybody stay like they were invited to come and actually have this real discussion. because there are real issues that everybody knows about how we're going to try to fix
for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you very much, madam chair. ranking member. thank you, mr. speaker. why did i sort of smell smoke when i heard this debate? it's reminiscent of nero fiddling while rome burned. the american people are waiting for us to get the job dobe here, not to make a myriad of excuses about why stuff hasn't been done. you're bringing up a rule that says we should take -- have suspension authority. let's bring the middle income tax cut up under suspension. i believe and i am willing to take the chance that this house would give over 2/3 of a vote to middle income tax cuts. a tax cut which gives -- do i detect your smirk to mean you don't think republicans won't vote for middle income tax cuts? should i take it to mean you will continue to hold middle income tax cuts hosstanl, giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in our country? the unfairness of it is appall, the fact that it increases the deficit is disgraceful. and that it does not change -- create jobs is a big mistake for us to make. what we are asking for in this rule is to say no to the previous question so
: thank you very much, madam chair. ranking member. thank you, mr. speaker. why did i sort of smell smoke when i heard this debate? it's reminiscent of nero fiddling while rome burned. the american people are waiting for us to get the job dobe here, not to make a myriad of excuses about why stuff hasn't been done. you're bringing up a rule that says we should take -- have suspension authority. let's bring the middle income tax cut up under suspension. i believe and i am willing to take the chance that this house would give over 2/3 of a vote to middle income tax cuts. a tax cut which gives -- do i detect your smirk to mean you don't think republicans won't vote for middle income tax cuts? should i take it to mean you will continue to hold middle income tax cuts hosstanl, giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in our country? the unfairness of it iappall, the fact that it increases the deficit is disgraceful. and that it does not change -- create jobs is a big mistake for us to make. what we are asking for in this rule is to say no to the previous question so that we can take up a rule t
as well. so, madam president, the hour is getting late, both figuratively and actually. we don't have much te to settle an issue that will affect the economy of this country. and last but not least, i am sure the president does not want on his watch to have a calamity like this happen, and i don't want on my watch as one who is leaving the senate this year for this to be the last thing that happen on my watch, and i don't think anyone here is going to benefit from a calamity happening in this country's economy, even for a few days, because it just looks like we can't govern, and it's time to realize that on a bipartisan basis, we can do some things that won't be universally liked and it won't be liked by everyone in this room or anyone in this room 100% because we're not going to get everything that we think is right. but we can move our country forward. we can help everyone in this country, every taxpayer, but we're not going to raise taxes to spend more. we should be saying okay, if there's going to be a threshold that pays more taxes, they should know it's going to bring down the defici
was seeing, if i could quickly go back, madam -- ranking member -- without this plan, what we leave in place with plan b which really troubles me coming from the texas medical center, it cuts reimbursement for doctors seeing medicare patients by 27%, 50 million americans will then have their health care in jeopardy. it cuts nutrition plans, food stamps. there is no plan. my quiet comment, mr. speaker, as i close, it is in disappointment. it is not in shrill debate. it is in disappointment because we have americans who are looking for us to look to the president, to work with the speaker, to go forward on a plan that was offered monday and to find a way that will be able to answer the question -- if i could have 15 seconds -- to find a way to be able to respond to people like those of hurricane sandy and in newtown, connecticut, ask for help. i yield back. mr. dreier: mr. speaker, i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, let me yield myself 30 seconds to say it's been said here before that t
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